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47 Ronin

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  1. "47 Ronin" is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of ronin in 18th-century Japan who avenged the death of their lord. Produced by Universal Studios, the film was directed by Carl Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada. Filming started in Budapest in Origo Studios in March 2011; it moved to Shepperton Studios in London and was concluded in Japan.
  2. "47 Ronin": "The tale of the 47 Ronin is probably the most celebrated in samurai folklore, having been recounted and romanticized through plays, novels, television, and film over the last three centuries. The story dates back to the early 1700s, when Asano Naganori, Lord of Ako, was called to Edo to receive imperial envoys. The young Asano was to be assisted in the matters of court etiquette by high official Kira Yoshinaka, but the two had a falling out, allegedly because Asano failed to present adequate gifts to Kira. After repeated public humiliation from the elderly official, Asano drew his sword against him, a crime for which Asano was ordered to commit seppuku. Of Asano's retainers, all of whom became "ronin" or masterless samurai, forty-seven slowly bided their time until all guards were down, and stormed Kira's castle a year later to avenge their lord's death. Sentenced to seppuku, the forty-seven ronin were anointed as heroes for their loyalty, bravery, and adherence to the bushido ethic.

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Google previewSamurai Films (2008)

by Roland Thorne

ANALYSIS The 47 Ronin is a true classic of the samurai film genre, and captures the very essence of the samurai ideal. Based on historical events, which have become legendary through numerous retellings, The 47 Ronin is a story of total ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Tokyo (2011)

by Roman Cybriwsky

The 47 Ronin incident ...

Google previewDictionary of Film Makers (1972)

by Georges Sadoul, Peter Morris

/The 47 Ronin/The Loyal 47 Ronin of ...

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